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Overwatch League reveals new 2020 All-Star skins for D.Va and Reinhardt

Published: 13/Sep/2020 22:27 Updated: 14/Sep/2020 23:08

by Bill Cooney

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The Overwatch League has revealed the new All-Stars skins for 2020, and they’re a nice little surprise for anyone who likes to play D.Va and Reinhardt.

New skins for the OWL All-Star Weekend are some of the most anticipated by fans since they’re usually some of the wildest cosmetics we see all year, and 2020 is definitely no disappointment.

In 2019, it was the support duo of Lucio and Mercy who got cosmetics representing the Pacific and Atlantic Divisions, respectively. In 2018, it was DPS heroes Genji and Tracer.

This year it’s finally the Tanks’ turn as Reinhardt and everyone’s favorite K-POP/esports star Hana ‘D.Va’ Song are the two lucky heroes that will get some awesome new skins.

To start off, just take a look at that Celestial D.Va skin. We haven’t seen a new one for her since Overwatch’s 2019 Anniversary event, but just seeing her All-Star selection makes it clear the design team took their sweet time with it.

Her MEKA seems to be carved out of marble, with blue underneath and some elegant gold inlays and accessories. While the mech now looks like it belongs in a museum, Song seems to have taken some hair tips from Ashe with a new platinum ‘do.

D.Va will now look right at home cruising around Ilios, while Reinhardt’s all-natural ‘Gaia’ skin seems like it just walked out of the Black Forest Deathmatch map. Rein is covered in wood and branches, along with neon green highlights, for a look that’s giving us some serious Night Elf vibes.

D.Va Reinhardt Overwatch League All Stars skins
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The 2020 Overwatch League All-Stars skins definitely do not disappoint.

Reinhardt’s hammer, which you can see in the trailer tweeted by OWL up above, looks like a giant branch with glowing green crystals growing out of the top. Definitely entertaining to pummel people with.

Don’t wait around to grab either skin because they’ll only be available from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12 2020. After that, they’ll be locked away in the Blizzard vault for good like all the other All-Stars skins, and you don’t want to get left out!

It will cost 200 OWL Tokens to unlock each skin, so 400 in total if you want to get both. If you need more tokens you can still earn some for absolutely free just by watching matches while the Playoffs, Grand Finals, and All-Star matches are live.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.